Perfectly In Season: Rhubarb Crisp

This past weekend we had a group of family and friends in town for our engagement party on Saturday night. On Friday, we had all the travelers plus a group of locals over to grill out at our apartment. We figured relaxing and having a few drinks at our place was easier and more laid-back than trying to get a large group into a restaurant. Much easier to socialize with everyone too.

Numero Uno and I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up the usual suspects – hamburgers, hot dogs, organic chicken sausage, corn on the cob, avocados (for homemade guac) and asparagus. As we were checking out, I began thinking that we needed a dessert to make it a little more “special”. Something nice to end the night with. As we were walking out the door, I noticed bunches of rhubarb in the produce section and a recipe for gluten-free berry rhubarb crisp I had just seen on Spontaneous Tomato sprang to mind.

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I ran back inside, picked up a few pounds of the bright pink celery-like stalks and a pint of vanilla ice cream. As soon as I got home, I pulled up the recipe. In the post, another recipe for rhubarb-only crisp by Mark Bittman is referenced. I ended up making a mashup of the two, since one of our guests is allergic to strawberries and is going gluten-free for 90 days. I already had almond flour on hand, so this was a no-brainer.

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Ladies’ Brunch

As I mentioned in my last post, I hosted a brunch for some of my lady friends. I started my day with a spin class to get my blood flowing and energy up. When I came home, I began the final preparations.

Here’s what was on the menu!

Drinks (Click to see recipes!):

  • Coffee/tea
  • Bloody Marys
  • Bellini bar with homemade organic fruit purees

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Eats (Click to see recipes!):

  • Baked egg casserole with mushrooms, spinach, and salsa
  • Bruleed grapefruit
  • Melon balls with lime zest and flaked maldon sea salt
  • Parmesan-crusted asparagus
  • Homemade granola with Greek yogurt
  • Apple cinnamon quinoa bites
  • Almond and pear tart

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Prepping For Your Party

I am hosting a brunch for my lady friends this afternoon. I am so looking forward to entertaining again, that the hardest part was waiting for the day to get here. Seriously, it was like waking up on Christmas morning. My eyes were open at 5:30 and I forced myself to stay for another two hours! But the benefit of planning ahead is, well, having time to plan ahead.

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The key to pulling off a party with panache is getting as much done ahead of time as you can. The first party we threw at our new joint was a last minute affair, so prep basically occurred within hours of kickoff time. Which was fine. A little hectic, but for such a laid back last-minute occasion it worked. This go-around I left myself plenty of time to work with and here’s how it all went down. Continue reading